Freedman: A Chance To Respond

Boss eagerly anticipating Birmingham clash

Dougie Freedman can’t wait for the weekend’s clash with Birmingham City to arrive, as his Wanderers side look to bounce back from the Boxing Day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Whites will be looking for a return to winning ways when they welcome the Blues to the Reebok, with both sides level on points in the Championship table.

The match marks the halfway point of the hectic Christmas period, by the end of which Freedman’s side will have played five games in the space of 15 days.

But fixture congestion is not a concern for the manager, who said: “I’m really looking forward to the game and if I had a Christmas wish it would be that the game was today (Friday).

“The lads are very disappointed with the way they performed on Boxing Day and I’ve seen a quiet determination around the group. That is great to see as a coach and over the last couple of days we’ve gone about our business very professionally.

“Against Sheffield Wednesday we let ourselves down, there’s no doubt about that. But we’ve addressed the issues from that game and we’ll move on. Sometimes you have to accept defeats to get better and I’m sure we’ll do that.”

With the January transfer window opening in a matter of days, Freedman also confirmed that he will investigate the possibility of adding to his squad, saying: “When I came into this job I always felt there wasn’t enough balance in the squad.

“I’ve looked at a number of positions in our squad and I don’t think there’s enough depth in some of them, particularly for competing in this division when there are a lot of games. If you get a few injuries all of a sudden you may be forced to play people a bit out of position.

“With the injuries to David Wheater and, more recently, Matt Mills it’s been a bit difficult. I’ll be trying to balance it up and I have made some calls to managers, but as we speak nothing has been lined up.”
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